January 12, 2017

January News 2017

Happy New Year!!

We hope you are all well rested and ready for 2017. Many of you came to our first Happy Hour of the year, which will now be held monthly (on the first Wednesday of every month) and we hope many more of you will attend our January 24th Columbia Updates event with Donna McPhee (see below).

January marks the announcement of our annual calendar of events, and although it is still work in progress, you can have a glimpse at what we've planned for you.

We're also building our volunteer group, so whether you have an idea for an event or you'd like to help on a one-off basis, please let us know! The best way to get involved is simply to attend one of our events and have a chat with one of the club leaders. Otherwise, please email us: [email protected]

See you all on the 24th!

The CUCL Board


Board News | Meet Our New Board Members

Han Xiao (Vice President)

Han holds a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Columbia University. He relocated to London in August 2015 as an international manager at Tremor Video, a programmatic video advertising company, where he provides strategic and analytical solutions across teams.


Prior to living in London, Han lived in New York City and held operations lead, project leader and product management positions at Proclivity Media, FreshDirect and Motorola Solutions.

Han holds an B.E. in Industrial Automation from Nanjing University, where he served as President of the Students’ Union of School and Vice President of Microsoft Technology Club.


Courtney Cesari CC'04

Courtney Cesari (Vice President)

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a concentration in Art History from Columbia College (2004). She relocated to London in spring 2016 as Director of Business Strategy, EU for Brandmovers, a promotions and loyalty agency. Most recently Brandmovers' work with Manchester United won several industry awards.

Prior to life in London, Courtney has lived and worked in New York City, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, always associated with global marketing and communications. She co-founded the Columbia Alumni Club of Sweden in 2010 and helped run the Netherlands branch of the Club.

Courtney has an MBA and Masters in General Management from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Next Event:

Columbia Updates with Donna McPhee (CC'89), VP Alumni Affairs and President, Columbia Alumni Association

Columbia is one of the preeminent global universities—with over 330,000 alumni worldwide, students from across the globe, eight Global Centers, and five campuses. Columbia continues to be a thought-leader in cutting edge research, acclaimed scholarship, and an unparalleled diversity of perspectives.

Donna's background as a senior administrator, alumna, parent of a current student, and a former scholar-athlete makes her uniquely qualified to engage with the London Columbia community on a broad range of topics. Donna will also share the exciting updates on Manhattanville.

Come with your questions and ideas and be ready to participate in a lively and substantive dialogue.

2017 Event Snapshot

In addition to speaker and arts/culture events, which we will be announced during the year, here's a snapshot of what the CUCL leadership team has been preparing for you.

We kicked off the year on January 4th with our monthly Happy Hour. It will be taking place every first Wednesday of the month, and although our regular location is the Princess Louise Pub in Holborn, in February we will be holding our Happy Chinese New Year Hour in…Chinatown! Check out the details here and make sure you check out our website or Facebook page for exact date/location each month!

March will see the re-launch of our annual Columbia Community Outreach Day (CCO), when Columbians around the world get together to volunteer in their communities. This was a much loved tradition at the CUCL and we are currently identifying a charity where all of our talents can be put to work. We are still looking for a leader for this event, so let us know if you are interested!

Also in March, we will launch our exciting Balliol/Oxford-Harvard-Columbia partnership, a series of thought provoking, high-profile events to discuss major technology and business trends. The first event will be on FinTech, and we will be sharing details soon. The second event will take place in May.

In April, the CUCL Walking Tours will have their inaugural tour in London. And a more bucolic walk will take place in June.

The Columbia v LBS Tennis re-match will also take place in April - and we need many more Columbia players to get even, so if you are interested, please let us know (or subscribe to the CUCL tennis group)

June will see the arrival of our Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) interns. These CC/SEAS undergraduate students will spend 8 weeks interning in London. We will be assigning them mentors and organizing a few social summer events for them to meet the broader alumni community.

After the summer break, it will be time for Columbia Connects, our annual social and networking event across the world. And we will also be holding our Annual Meeting and elections around that time, just before the end of year frenzy takes over again!


Facebook | Last Call!


We've moved. In an effort to reach more of our members we've set up an official public page. The closed alumni group is going to be shuttered at the end of the month so please help us with the migration. "Like" our new page at facebook.com/ColumbiaClubLon/

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